Australian Biosecurity Awards

​​​​​​​The Australian Biosecurity Awards recognise individuals, groups and organisations in industry and government that show a commitment to working collaboratively with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to support and promote Australia's biosecurity and the systems that uphold it.

Lyn O'Connell, Deputy Secretary Department of Agriculture and Water Resources presented the awards at the ABARES Outlook Conference dinner on Tuesday 7 March 2017.

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David Banks Biosecurity Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognises an individual that has made an outstanding contribution to biosecurity integrity in Australia over a number of years.

Bruce M. Christie

The David Banks Biosecurity Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Bruce Christie, NSW Department of Primary Industries. Mr Christie has been protecting Australia from pests and diseases for more than 35 years. His outstanding leadership and commitment to work has inspired countless industry stakeholders and public servants to serve the nation’s biosecurity.

Australian Biosecurity Award – Industry

This award recognises individuals, groups or organisations in industry that have demonstrated a significant contribution to maintaining Australia’s biosecurity integrity.

John Chambers

Licensed customs broker John Chambers has gone above and beyond to contribute to Australian biosecurity for 20 years. He has worked tirelessly to improve policies and procedures, provide training and professional development opportunities and support industry in biosecurity matters.

Mike Dixon

Gladstone Ports Corporation Fisherman’s Landing Coordinator Mike Dixon was instrumental in the eradication of fire ants from a central Queensland port. His diligent and proactive support helped prevent the damaging ants from gaining a foothold in Australia.

Vinehealth Australia

Vinehealth Australia has continuously protected South Australia’s vineyards from pests and diseases for 117 years. Initially started to combat the insect phylloxera, the industry-funded body now targets all biosecurity issues facing vineyards.

Kangaroo Island Freight Services, Middleton’s Distribution (a division of Total Logistics Pty. Ltd) and Biosecurity SA, Primary Industry and Regions South Australia

When one of the world’s most damaging grain pests was detected on Australian shores in March 2016, swift and decisive actions contained the incursion and was successful in keeping Australia Khapra beetle-free. This is a collaborative industry and government award with Kangaroo Freight Services, Middleton’s Distribution (A division of Total Logistics Pty. Ltd.) and Biosecurity SA, Primary Industry and Regions South Australia.

Australian Biosecurity Award – Government

This award recognises individuals, groups or organisations in government that have demonstrated a significant contribution to maintaining Australia’s biosecurity integrity.

CropSafe Team, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Victoria

CropSafe is an early warning system for the grains industry that partners with more than 180 volunteer agronomists to detect outbreaks of exotic pests and diseases. The program is delivered by Agriculture Victoria and the core CropSafe Team comprises Dale Boyd, Dale Grey, Kellyanne Harris, Frank Henry, Martin Mebalds and Luise Sigel.

Agriculture Victoria - Biosecurity Branch, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Victoria

Agriculture Victoria’s Biosecurity Branch designed and built a biosecurity case management platform known as MAX. The system was created for biosecurity emergencies and allows end-to-end information systems to be deployed within days, resulting in a quicker and more efficient response.

Animal Health Australia and Plant Health Australia

Animal Health Australia and Plant Health Australia’s Farm Biosecurity Program has led the way in developing a suite of education and awareness raising tools for biosecurity on farms.

Further information

The details of this year’s award recipients are outlined in the 2017 ABA booklet.

Call for nominations for the 2018 Australian Biosecurity Awards will occur in the second half of 2017.

For more information on the Australian Biosecurity Awards contact:
Email: Australian Biosecurity Awards

Mail: Australian Biosecurity Awards
Compliance Division
c/o – Engagement, Assurance and Governance
GPO Box 858
Canberra ACT 2016

Australian Biosecurity Awards 2017